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The Opening of the New Free Church (Continuing) Building in Stornoway,Isle of Lewis.

I joy’d when to the house of God,Go up, they said to me.

                                                                                                                              Ps 122

There was joy indeed as the Stornoway Free Church (Continuing) Congregation and friends, numbering over 350, raised there voices in the singing of Psalm 122 to the tune St. Paul.
The occasion was a service of Dedication and Thanksgiving which was conducted on Friday 14th May 2004, within the new Stornoway Free Church (Continuing) building. As a congregation we had earnestly longed for this moment and as each aspect of the building took shape so our desire deepened. This event finalised a year of intense activity, and we are most thankful to our Lord for having accomplished the work which He had, by His grace, permitted us to engage upon. As a congregation we were now most comfortably accommodated in a church building that provides us with a base and further identifies us as a congregation.
 

After the opening prayer, the Rev Hugh Ferrier preached most appropriately from 1st Kings Ch 8 v 58, “That he may incline our hearts unto him, to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and his statutes, and his judgements, which he commanded our fathers”. The Minister of the congregation, Rev. David Murray then gave a short address based on Matthew 24 v 2, emphasising on the words, “There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down”

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After the service, the congregation were most warmly invited to attend a time of fellowship in the Town Hall. It seemed most fitting that after almost 5 years of Sabbath worship, we should now gather for, as it were, a grateful farewell to that building. There the ladies of the congregation provided and catered for tea, and baking, all most efficiently served after grace by Rev.Timothy McGlynn, (Scalpay). We must record our especial gratitude to the young men and women of our congregation for their most efficient and and willing service.


Speeches were invited from Mr. Donald MacKay, Senior Elder, Rev. Malcolm MacLean (Retd), a senior minister of the Presbytery, Rev. Maurice Roberts, the first interim moderator of the congregation, and Rev. Kenneth MacDonald, a succeeding interim moderator. Rev. John MacLeod (Tarbart) closed the proceedings with prayer, and then led the congregation in the closing praise of the last 5 verses of Psalm 72. This most fitting ending brought a memorable evening to a close, an event that we pray, will glorify our God, and be forever impressed on our hearts.

Read About the History of the Building of the Stornoway Church